JOLIET – Joliet Township High School District 204 board members approved the fiscal 2016 budget, which projects conservative revenues because of uncertain state funding.
The budget received unanimous approval from the board Tuesday, with board member Arlene Albert absent. The final budget estimates revenues at about $103.8 million and expenses at about $103.5 million, District 204 officials said.
“Due to the uncertainty with our state, I have been very conservative in the revenue estimates,” stated Ilandus Hampton, assistant superintendent for business services, in a memorandum.
Under the fiscal 2016 budget, general state aid is estimated to be at about $7.8 million and all other state and federal aid is expected to remain the same as last year, district officials said. Student-related fees are included in the budget with no increase for the fifth year.
Health insurance costs will see a minimal increase in the budget, as well as transportation because of fuel costs, state legislation changes, added personnel and wages, district officials said.
The fiscal 2016 budget anticipates an enrollment increase for District 204 over last year.
Enrollment trend continues to be below estimated growth projections stated a previous Kasarda report. District officials recommended waiting a few more years before another projection is done in light of uncertainty with economic recovery.
District 204 officials presented the 10th day enrollment count for the 2015 semester, showing a continuing trend of increasing number of students districtwide since the 2008 school year.
Districtwide enrollment is at 6,299 students, which is four more students than the 2014 school year and 166 more than the 2013 school year.
Central High School enrollment, which is at 3,102 students, decreased from last year by 17 students. West high school’s enrollment of 3,140 students represented an increase of 31 students over last year.
District officials said the figures do not include students housed in facilities other than the assigned campuses.
The school district has private day facilities, other public day facilities and residential facilities, according to the enrollment report. The total amount of students housed in those facilities was 105.